The argument that gun control laws won’t interfere with hunting doesn’t much sway the opponents. And this might help explain why. examined figures from the US Fish and Wildlife Service. They found that in 2011, the latest year for which figures are available, there were 12.7 million hunters in the US over age 16 who used rifles, shotguns or handguns for hunting. That’s out of an estimated 70 to 80 million gun owners. That means that non-hunting gun owners outnumber hunters by 5 to 1. The NRA notes that if add in all the Americans who’ve inherited guns and aren’t on the records, it’s probably even more lopsided.

So why do so many Americans who don’t hunt want guns? This story may hold a clue. A new poll by the Pew Research Center found that 53 percent of Americans believe their own federal government is a threat to their personal rights and freedoms. That’s an all-time high. It’s jumped by 23 percent since the wave of patriotism that followed the 9/11 attacks in 2001. No surprise, a whopping 62 percent of conservatives and gun owners see government as a threat to their rights and freedoms. But even 38 percent of Democrats agree. They probably disagree about exactly which rights and freedoms the government is threatening. But it still shows widespread distrust of our own government, across the political spectrum. That’s not healthy for any nation.

This is from yesterday's Huckabee Report.

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  • mike sledge

    03/02/2013 08:20 PM

    i think it is a sad for America when the media fails to fully inform the people what is really going on with this administration. God help our country. i hope and pray we can survive the next four years of this guy and his policies. freedom will be a thing of the past we will be no better than syria if it continues. impeach and recall these idiots

  • mike taylor

    02/24/2013 05:14 AM

    You know very well that American's have had growing distrust of Government since the Vietnam war and Nixon's Water Gate. This has all been just more of the same. Wait a little while longer to see real mayhem due to the fact that America is a Godless Nation and this is proven by the 60's kids who are now in power and all of the evil spawn reared without God or His word and light. Before the 50's every man woman and child in the United States was raised in a Christian based culture. I am not saying a perfect culture but we all believed similarly regarding morality and justice and rights and Godly heritage. The generations now are Satanic...Selfish...Wicked and down right evil. God will judge us. I do not know what that will look like but no amount of fire power will stop it.

  • Donna Harvey

    02/22/2013 06:49 PM

    I have been trying to leave a message for Senator Richard Shelby but his mailbox is full...wanting to tell him it is wrong to vote for Mr. Hagel.
    I am a 58 year old woman from Pa who is just plain frustrated about all that is going on in our wonderful USA. God bless...

  • Stephen Jeffrey Jackson

    02/21/2013 04:13 PM

    For 1st time an electoral majority voted for not only Obama, but in effect "obamacare" which includes the funding of Abortions, which binds Christians into participating in killing babies with their tax dollars. This reverses the 1st purpose of the Declaration to protect life which the Constitution extends to the unborn by using the word "Posterity". From protecting life to taking life and making those against it violate their 1st amendment rights to a free religion makes "obamacare" the greatest single "about face" this nation has ever made. The GOP was grossly negligent for not making the public aware that this was at stake in the last elction. No telling how many evangelical and Catholic Mexicans and blacks voted for Obama without knowing this.
    i haven't heard you speak out on this.Steve Jackson

  • Barry Spinka

    02/16/2013 08:43 PM

    First of all Mike, you were the only Presidential candidate who understood and stated the real reason the the Founders put in the 2nd Amendment; to protect the citizens of this country from a tyrannical government. This is what we have now and it must be stopped! I am hoping that Congress will wake up in time but I have my doubts.
    Please keep up the good work and many God bless and keep you.

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